US says Russian officers visited Iran to view drones for battle towards Ukraine – #information
The U.S. says Russian officers visited an Iranian airfield a number of occasions in latest weeks to view attack-capable drones it’s seeking to acquire for its assault towards Ukraine.
Iran confirmed the drones to Russian officers at Kashan Airfield on June 8 and July 15, the White Home stated. The Biden administration has revealed satellite tv for pc imagery exhibiting Shahed-191 and Shahed-129 drones flying on the airfield on the similar time a Russian delegation transport aircraft was on the bottom.
White Home nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan introduced the administration’s findings.
The administration has “data that the Iranian authorities is getting ready to supply Russia with a number of hundred UAVs,” Sullivan stated in an announcement.
UAVs are unmanned aerial autos, or drones.
“We assess an official Russian delegation just lately acquired a showcase of Iranian attack-capable UAVs. We’re releasing these photographs captured in June exhibiting Iranian UAVs that the Russian authorities delegation noticed that day,” Sullivan stated. “This means ongoing Russian curiosity in buying Iranian attack-capable UAVs.”
Sullivan additionally stated the U.S. understands that the go to in June was the primary time a Russian delegation “has visited this airfield for such a showcase.”
Iran’s International Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian stated in a telephone name along with his Ukrainian counterpart on Friday that the U.S. accusations about Iranian drones being acquired by Russia for battle towards Ukraine are “baseless.”
“This type of claims parallel with Biden’s go to to occupied Palestine, or Israel, are in path of political intentions and functions,” Amirabdollahian stated, in accordance Iran’s International Ministry’s web site. “We oppose any transfer that would result in continuation and intensifying conflicts.”
Iran has provided UAVs to its Center Jap allies, and introduced Friday its first naval drone-carrying division within the Indian Ocean.
This comes as President Joe Biden visits the Center East to elucidate his imaginative and prescient for the area. He’s anticipated to fulfill with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia on Saturday and focus on implementing missile and protection capabilities within the area as a counter to Iranian drone and missile assaults.
“Russia is successfully having a bet on Iran and we’re having a bet on a extra built-in, extra secure, extra peaceable and affluent Center East area,” a senior U.S. administration official advised reporters on Saturday.
Biden has pressed Arab nations to strengthen its stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Not one of the nations represented on the summit have adopted the U.S. in sanctioning Russia.
Reuters and The Related Press contributed to this report.